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Prince of Wales Island

Small, friendly towns where people live close to the land and the sea

Outdoor Activities Abound

One Island: Many Adventures

Did you ever think you need to get out more? Do it in a place that has so much more out to get! Opportunities to experience the great outdoors are almost unlimited on Prince Of Wales Island. You can also explore the human presence, from ancient native stone carvings to remnants of the logging and mining industries. Along with some of the best fishing in some of the cleanest waters on the planet. 

Scenic Byways

Scenic Byways aren't just for motorist. Bring your bikes and get close to the spectacular scenery on the several hundred miles of paved roads.

Have A Cave Day

Walk the Beaver Falls karst landscape interpretative trail in old growth forest, then follow a guide into El Capitan Cave - the largest known cave in Alaska. 

long days on the water

Whether you're into fishing, whale watching, wildlife viewing, kayaking, or all of the above, there are plenty of opportunities to get out on the water. 

Economy & Resources

Fish, timber, visitors and minerals are fundamental to the island. 
The service sector flourishes in areas from charters to lodging.
Prince of Wales Island oysters are world class delicacies.
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Native Arts & CultureS

First peoples presence reflect in community, lifestyle and artistry.
Alaska Natives on the island share Tlingit and Haida cultures.
Klawock Totem Park displays 21 restored and replicated poles.
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Local Artisans

POW Island is home to talented people inspired by natural beauty.
Where writers, musicians, dancers, artisans and carvers thrive.
Local events celebrating artisans are scheduled throughout the year.
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Island Events

Hydaburg Culture Camp

Monday, July 22 2019, 8:00 am - 8:00 pm, at Hydaburg, AK

The 23rd annual culture camp celebrates Haida heritage. Hydaburg Cooperative Association, the tribal authority, sponsors teaching of Haida language and traditional songs and dances. Carving, weaving and beading are practiced. Participants gather and prepare traditional foods. Canoe races, swimming and other races follow the camp.

Thorne Bay Days

Friday, August 02 2019, 8:00 am - 8:00 pm, at Thorne Bay, Ak

Thorne Bay Days commemorates incorporation of the city—but it’s mostly an excuse for families and friends to party. The Thorne Bay Pignic on Friday is sponsored by the city's emergency services. Organizers roast a whole hog for an outdoor family social with picnic-style food at Thorne Bay Cafe, then coffee and dessert at Church of Thorne Bay. Music is provided by local talents. Tickets usually sell out in advance. Events on Saturday, sponsored by the city and Thorne Bay School, include kayak races in the harbor; newbies are welcome after a primer on safety and paddling. There’s a 5K walk and jog on streets and back roads. Family games are set up during a fabulous fund-raising lunch put on by one of the Thorne Bay School’s programs.

Rocky Mountain Fun Run/Walk

Saturday, August 03 2019, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, at Craig, AK

"By the Sea" Arts and Seafood Festival

Friday, August 09 2019, 9:00 am - 10:00 pm, at Coffman Cove, AK

This festival in Coffman Cove is in its ninth year as a premier Prince of Wales Island attraction. Artwork and artisanship by residents are featured. The edibles are also homegrown—from crab cakes to fried fish, from oysters to truck-farm greens. Vendors from across the island set up booths for browsers and buyers. A colorful center stage offers live music.

Hollis Chili Feed / Art & Farmers Market

Sunday, August 11 2019, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm, at Hollis, AK

Hollis’ contribution to summer fun features a chili cook-off and feed along with raffle drawings, kids’ games and fire truck rides. Judges in the chili and cornbread cook-off confer the coveted Golden Ladle award for the island’s tastiest chili. Raffle tickets are sold on the IFA ferry and around the island for drawings that benefit the Hollis Volunteer Fire Department and its program for training young EMTs. Art by POW artists is on sale and Hollis VFD presents what they dub “the island’s largest yard sale.” Kids Korner offers games for young ones.

Labor Day Shoot

Monday, September 02 2019, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm, at Craig, AK

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